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Ending the drought in Chicago’s food deserts

For Brienne Moore, getting to the grocery story is always a struggle.  “I can only purchase as much food as I can carry, and that is not much,” she said.  The distance, which can be equated to two CTA El … Continue reading

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Grocery Shopping: Ininitiation into adulthood?

I clearly remember my first taste of freedom began with the a la carte lunch line.  I now cringe at my imbalanced, 12-year-old diet: nachos, a giant chocolate chip cookie, with the occasional pink lemonade.  But who could stop me? … Continue reading

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The Next Baked Thing

In case you didn’t catch it, here is the ingredient list.  This recipe was originally spotted on Sprouted Kitchen’s blog. Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Cherries and Pecans 1 Cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour 1/4 Cup Whole Wheat Pastry Flour 3/4 tsp … Continue reading

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“Spinach in a smoothie!?”

Adding any vegetable to a smoothie, a drink which is falsely reserved for fruit, is likely to leave mouths questioning its tastefulness. Spinach, lettuce, and kale can all be used to top off a fruit smoothie.  Last summer my co-worker … Continue reading

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Irish for a day

St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday most famous for the mass amount of alcohol consumed by the Irish and those who enjoy being Irish for a day.  Grocery and liquor stores are stalked high with Guinness, a popular Irish dry stout … Continue reading

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Tuesday earthquake devastates New Zealand, at least 65 dead

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit the popular tourist destination of Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday.  The earthquake occurred at 12:51pm, killing 65 people.  The death toll is likely to increase significantly in the coming days with unconfirmed reports of 90 … Continue reading

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A chance to eat from the plates of Hollywood stars

Everything is up for grabs at Chicago’s famous Ambassador East Hotel and The Pump Room.  Plates, silverware, glasses, furniture, artwork—you name it.  Mundane kitchen items have turned into collector’s items as this landmark restaurant has now closed its 225-seat dining … Continue reading

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